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Kidney Transplant 1 yr. birthday celebration !!!

Happy Birthday Sofia

Happy Birthday Sofia

Happy Birthday Sofia.  1 year ago I had a kidney transplant at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. The staff was excellent.

I had been on dialysis for 12 years before the surgery.  Although they called my disease of the kidney End Stage Renal Disease it was not the end stage for me. I continued to live and experience life without really missing a beat. I traveled to Bahamas, Mexico and across the US. I continued as the founder and exec director of Woman2Woman Empowerment . My husband and I have moved to 3 states. I continued to do dialysis in those states. Some good places ,some not so good.

I am so thankful for the person who donated their kidney by filling out the form on the license and informing their family. I am so thankful for the Dr.who performed my surgery at UAB. I am grateful and thankful to God for blessing me with Grace to make it through the 12 years of dialysis. dialysis is not an easy experience. It is painful if you do hemo dialysis. You are subjected to being stuck with large needles every other day. It is no cake walk. Along with the failure of your kidney can come other issues. These other issues can cause you not to be a good recipient for a transplant. I thank God that through the 12 years I was able to stay reasonably healthy and a viable candidate.

I never allowed the fact that I was on dialysis to rule my life. I was aware that God was not surprised my diagnosis of kidney failure. If God was not surprised then I needed to keep moving forward. I was not one to continually say ‘I don’t receive this”. I did not deny the fact that I was on dialysis. I did  not miss treatment. I went to treatment as directed.  I believed that God was aware of my situation and would heal, recreate or replace at his discretion. So I continued for the 12 years until I was called by UAB.

I would like to say thank you to the family of the person who ‘s kidney I received. Sofia(my new kidney’s name) is functioning great. Today is Sofia’s 1st birthday in my body. I celebrate the great job that she does and pray that she continues to do so.

If you are experiencing kidney failure or any other health issue, don’t lose faith or heart. Continue to live and learn and love.  Life is an adventure and try to find something to smile about every day.

thHappy Birthday Sofia !!!!!

FSU Homecoming Court Raises More Than $3,000 for Charities – Frostburg State University

FSU Homecoming Court Raises More Than $3,000 for Charities – Frostburg State University.

We are thankful for support for our organization from across the US.  Woman2Woman Empowerment was birthed in Cumberland MD which is a neighboring city to Frostburg MD. This young lady Candyce Thomas decided to raise monies for Woman2Woman Empowerment as part of her platform for her run for Frostburg State University Homecoming Queen. SHE WON!!!!  Congrats and we wish her much success in everything she does. 

We are so thankful for her interest and support for  Woman2Woman Empowerment.

The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 1 – Getting Started

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

If you’re reading this blog, chances are you are on the verge of making a major life change.  Rentering the job market after an absence can be terrifying.  And changing careers can seem impossible.

First let me tell you that you’re not alone.  There are a lot of us out there.  People primed to return to work, yet afraid of the unknown.

Over the past year, I’ve talked to a lot of men and women who are ready to work but not sure how to get back in the game.

I’ve talked to stay-at-home moms wanting to return to work, divorcees who suddenly found themselves fighting to survive, people who have been laid off,  people who have just received their green card and work visa and are not sure where to begin, and people who decided to change professions.

Like all of the people I’ve talked to, you’ve probably got…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 2 – You’ve Done More Than You Think

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

When I first thought about getting back into the workplace, I felt overwhelmed.  Things had changed so much since I last worked in a company.  There were so many things I didn’t know.   So many people already in the workforce who seemed smarter and younger.

I spent hours spinning my wheels, trying figure out where to begin.  The internet was flooded with articles and books on the topic.  I probably could have spent months sifting through it all only to find myself more lost and overwhelmed than ever – and probably back where I had started.  What I wanted was clear direction.

Then I met someone who changed the way I thought.

A friend introduced me to a career coach who had successfully helped dozens of clients of all ages and backgrounds reenter the workforce.  It was definitely worth…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog Post 3 – Your Job Is Finding a Job

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

I love Dr. Phil.  He’s always so full of nuggets of wisdom, straight-talking advice and memorable quotes.  Some of my personal favorites are “We teach people how to treat us” and “If you want more, you have to require more from yourself.”  

Good stuff.

When I started my job search, I watched an episode of Dr. Phil about people who had relentlessly been looking for jobs without success.  His guest was Tony Beshara, a top placement and recruitment specialist, who wrote the book The Job Search Solution (which I subsequently bought and read).

One of the things that Beshara said on the show really stood out.  He said that you need to make finding a job YOUR JOB.

Interesting.

I immediately took stock of what I did on a daily basis with my time.  Looking after my son, exercise, reading the newspaper, meeting friends, walking the…

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The Road To ReEntry Blog 5 – Job Descriptions and Those Pesky Buzzwords

JOB SEARCH SUCCESS

Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible – Francis of Assisi

So you’ve completed your personality tests and set your new priorities.  From there, hopefully you were able to assess the type of job you would not only be suited for but that you would also enjoy.

Now it’s time to get online to see what types of skills you’ll need to get back into the workforce.  That’s where job descriptions come in handy.

Let’s say you’ve done marketing in the past and now you want to look for a marketing job.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to search for marketing jobs in your preferred level (entry level, manager, etc.) and in your geographical area.  For example, type in: marketing jobs entry level san francisco.  Hit search and…

BOOM!  Millions of results.

Yikes.

Don’t panic.  I’d recommend looking at…

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Meet the Center for Community Alternatives & Deputy Director Josefina Bastidas

Root & Rebound

Root & Rebound had an incredible meeting in NYC a couple of weeks back with Josefina Bastidas, Esq., Deputy Director for the New York City offices at the Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) in downtown Brooklyn. Immediately upon walking through their office doors, we felt and were treated like CCA family. During our visit, Josefina introduced us to some of CCA’s social work clinicians, attorneys, program and service directors, administrative support staff, and mentors. Every person greeted us with kindness and support. CCA’s positive work culture and community impact radiated from every person we met.

CCA promotes reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, direct services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights. CCA works with people who would otherwise be incarcerated—men, women, and youth—and provides an alternative to incarceration. In an average year, CCA successfully diverts 400 people from more costly incarceration…

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